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Snake Bytes 1/10: Imanaga Signs

The last of this season’s big Japanese imports has chosen to join his countryman on Chicago’s north side.

World Baseball Classic Championship: United States v Japan Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

Diamondbacks Tidbits

Zac Gallen’s Concerning 2024 Projections
Arizona fans are hoping that ZIPS and Streamer are underestimating Arizona’s ace pitcher who is coming off a season in which he pitched more than 240 inning between the regular season and playoffs combined.

Ranking the Three Best Catchers in Diamondbacks History
I expect it won’t be long before this list changes some, with #3 continuing to ascend the rankings.

Other MLB Stuff

Shota Imanaga to Cubs
The 30-year-old NPB lefty has elected to join his countryman Seiya Suzuki in Chicago. The deal is reportedly a 2-year/$30 million pact that includes options and escalators that could bring the deal to around $80 million Even reaching full value, the deal falls well short of the expected outlay for the Japanese ace.

Marlins Hire Rachel Balkovec as Farm Director
The Miami Marlins hired Rachel Balkovec to be their farm director Tuesday, tabbing the first woman to manage a minor league team to ramp up their player development. Balkovec, 36, has spent more than a decade in organized baseball and the past two years managing the Tampa Tarpons, the New York Yankees’ Single-A affiliate, where she went 122-136.

The Josh Hader Free Agency Saga
Will the Dodgers be adding a fourth top free agent this winter?

Luke Raley Traded While Distracted
Former Mariners outfielder Luke Raley was one of the last to learn that he had been traded when the deal was struck on Friday. It turns out, he was playing pool volleyball with his new bride on their honeymoon in St. Lucia. When he got out of the pool, he had 20 missed calls and messages and he figured he better call his agent to see what was going on.